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Hi I'm Kirsten Hamilton

I'm an artist. I've been called to serve in the Alpine German-Speaking Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to draw and paint. I mostly sketch, though, due to most of my time being taken up by my college. I'm planning to major in Nursing, but if that falls through I really want to major in Animation. Both very different, I know. ;) I'm also minoring in Computer Science. In high school, I was the drum major for our marching band - but I also play piano, clarinet, ukulele, and trombone. I've been trying to write a book for almost six years now, but I care a little too much about it so I can never settle on a true plotline (although, I can show you many sketches of the main characters). I'd rather spend time in nature than in the city, but old buildings with a cool history will always inevitably draw me to mingle with the crowds. Classical music feeds my soul, and some of my favorite composers lived in or around the area I've been called to serve in. But just because I love to listen to the classics doesn't mean I don't enjoy some good alternative rock or Taylor Swift. I absolutely adore learning, so this often extends to my choice of TV shows/movies/books (I love historical fiction and mysteries). Most of all, though, I love spending time with my friends and family. Anything that will bring us together is more than okay with me because I absolutely adore them!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the absolute joy and peace that I get when I follow the teachings of this church. No matter how hard my life gets, or how disappointed I am with someone/something, I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father and that He wants me to return to live with Him. Jesus Christ is my main source of comfort, and knowing that He understands me better than I understand myself is incredibly comforting in the lonely world of a college student. I want to be a member of this church because I know that living its teachings is the best way to bring happiness into my life and the lives of my family members.

How I live my faith

In the past I've had mostly musical responsibilities - I've played piano for my youth group and I directed our ward's choir. Although I haven't had very many official church callings, I've found other ways to serve. Often I volunteer to help at various activities or during meetings. Staying busy by serving others is the best unofficial calling I could have. ;)

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Kirsten Hamilton
Let me begin by saying that we believe men and women are equals. This is incredibly apparent in our beliefs about women and the priesthood. Although women don't hold the priesthood, this does not mean that they are not able to receive its blessings; the blessings of the priesthood are available to everyone. As to why they don't hold it... I once heard it explained that women are natural nurturers - it's in our biology to want to take care of those around us (otherwise we wouldn't make very good mothers). Men, on the other hand, need a little extra help to be more caring - and that extra help is the priesthood. Men cannot exercise the priesthood for themselves (i.e. laying their hands on their own head) - it is purely a power for service. I believe that it is a blessing extended to both men and women because it allows men to find opportunities to serve others, and both men and women are open to receive those blessings of service. Women lead in the church by using their talents. As women, we tend to band together and help each other through anything that may be difficult. By serving others, we guide those we are leading. Show more Show less